Roof Styles

By Nesma Hassan

Hip Roof Style

The Hip roof style consists of four sides that connect to a line at the top. Two of the sides are triangles and the other two are trapezoids. Examples of popular architectural styles that go well with this roof style are contemporary, ranch, and prairie style.
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Gambrel Roof Style

This roof style is a symmetrical style that consists of two sides with slopes that connect at the top. It is popular with the dutch colonial architechtural style.
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Mansard Roof Style

A Mansard roof style has four sloping sides that are steeper as they go down. They are popular with French Colonial style homes because of its early appearance during the Second French Empire.
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Shed Roof Style

The shed roof style is a one-sided roof that slopes downwards. It is popular with some Modern style homes that still have a contemporary feel to them.
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Flat Roof Style

This roof style is a simple, flat roof that lays on the top of the home creating a feel of serenity, and comfort. It is popular with the mid-century modern and sometime modern and contemporary (depending on the home).
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Saltbox Roof Style

The Saltbox roof style is a style that takes the shape of a saltbox, two sloping sides, one shorter than the other. It is popular with the Saltbox architectural style; both of their names come from the idea it originated from.
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High- Pitched Gable Roof Style

This is one of the extremely simple roof styles you may see in a neighborhood. It consists of two sloping sides connected at the top at a high level. It is popular with the Cape Cod, tudor, and cottage architectural styles.
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Low-Pitched Gable Roof Style

The low-pitched gable style is the same as the high-pitched; however, the low pitched is at a lower level making it less steep. It is popular with the ranch, Italianate, log cabin style, and some of the colonial architectural styles. They are EXTREMELY common in neighborhoods.
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Dormers Roof Style

This is a style that has mini storage areas in the roof with small windows. It is very popular with the various Colonial architectural styles.
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